SoundPractice header image 1

It’s Not About You: The Value of Mentoring

Mentorship is built into a physician's clinical training, but what happens after medical school and fellowship ends? Finding a mentor to help guide your career and provide insight from their own experience is an important part of leadership development.

In this SoundPractice episode, Cheryl Toth and Mike Sacopolus talk with Michael Lalor, MD, MBA about the value of mentoring based on his years of experience as both a mentor and a mentee. Also joining the conversation is Jill Kopin, Career Services and Mentorship Program Coordinator at the American Association for Physician Leadership. Jill adds insights about the AAPL's mentoring program, and how members can access and benefit from this offering.


Jill Kopin, Career Services and Mentorship Program Coordinator


The Use of Technology and Telemedicine in the Battle Against COVID-19 and Coronavirus

Today we join the conversation around COVID-19 and the use of technology and telemedicine to enable efficient communication among physicians, healthcare professionals, and patients.

In this Bonus SoundPractice episode, Mike Sacopolus speaks with Dr. Peter Alperin. Peter Alperin, MD trained as an internal medicine physician at UCSF and is currently Vice President at Doximity where he leads the development of products geared towards clinicians.  

Communication is the centerpiece of good healthcare and the use of technology (remote evaluation and monitoring, basic video conferencing, telemedicine) is being used to triage patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Alperin discusses how physicians and payers are embracing telehealth, using technology for clinical care, and the emerging models for reimbursement for these services.  Physicians are also honing their clinical skills, working remotely in a safe manner, and looking for jobs and opportunities that leverage telemedicine and other technologies.

Join us as Dr. Alperin shares his thoughts on technology and telemedicine benefits for patients and physicians, particularly when practicing amid an infectious disease pandemic like COVID-19.

Contact Peter Alperin, MD, at


Telemedicine and COVID-19 Billing and Coding Frequently Asked Questions

TIME -The Coronavirus Outbreak Could Finally Make Telemedicine Mainstream in the U.S.


Building a Culture of Trust

When a lack of effective leadership eroded trust in a 100+ year old health system, the organization needed a respected leader who could restore faith and employee engagement. In this SoundPractice episode, Cheryl Toth and Mike Sacopolus talk with general surgeon Michael Canady, MD, MBA, CPE, who stepped into the role of CEO of Holzer Health System during a critical time. Dr. Canady describes the path he paved to move the organization from a culture of fear to a culture of trust, and how the simple change of allowing employees to step up and do the right thing for patients has reduced fear and rebuilt organizational culture. 


Our Best Hope: Value-Based Healthcare

It’s a strong argument. We pay more per person for healthcare than any other country in the world. That high price tag does not translate into the best outcomes. Several dozen countries obtain better results for less money. Dr. Grace Terrell, Chief Executive Officer at Eventus Wholehealth, and healthcare attorney Julian (Bo) D. Bobbitt, Jr., attorney at Smith Anderson and President of Value Health Partners, LLC have authored a new book, Value-Based Healthcare and Payment Models: Including Frontline Strategies for 20 Clinical Subspecialties, which points to value-based healthcare as a model to replace the prevalent fee-for-service model. Mike Sacopolus and Cheryl Toth, in this episode, looks at the requirements and benefits associated with value-based healthcare.

Value-Based Healthcare and Payment Models: Including Frontline Strategies for 20 Clinical Subspecialties

Grace E. Terrell, MD, MMM, CPE, FACP, FACPE

Julian (Bo) D. Bobbitt, Jr.


Make Magic Happen: CMO Ash Gokli Shares His Thoughts About the Physician Leader’s Role

Healthcare costs keep climbing, quality needs improvement, and physicians are burning out. These are a few of the reasons Ash Gokli, MD, Chief Medical Officer for the Sutter Health Valley Area believes physicians must step into leadership roles and create the future of healthcare. 

An American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) board member and self-described student of leadership, Dr. Gokli describes his path to leadership and his strategies for leading effectively despite a constant onslaught of meetings and time-consuming commitments. In our focused conversation, Dr. Gokli discusses how physicians can create their own path to the C-suite by garnering non-clinical knowledge, volunteering for new projects, and leveraging their passion for patient care.


Can’t Make It Here Anymore: The Outsourcing of Pharma Production

When it comes to pharmaceuticals, you have heard the list of complaints. Drug prices are too high. Drug prices are not transparent. My insurance plan won’t cover X medication.

Perhaps the complaint which should be raised but isn’t relates to China. Author Rosemary Gibson has rung a fire bell in the night with her book, China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine.

Well over 90% of the active ingredients of antibiotics in the U.S. are manufactured abroad. The vast majority of them are produced in China. Learn about the national security threats and quality oversight issues involved with the outsourcing of pharma manufacturing. This important episode will shock you.

Rosemary Gibson serves as Senior Advisor at The Hastings Center and a Section Editor for “Less is More,” in JAMA Internal Medicine. Ms. Gibson is an award-winning author, inspirational speaker, and advisor to organizations that advance the public’s interest in health care.

China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine


Why Your Healthcare Organization Should Consider Morning Huddles

Research indicates that open communication raises employee satisfaction and increases retention. Implementing a 'Morning Huddle' with clinicians and employees is an excellent way to foster the communication that drives both of these improvements.

In this episode, Cheryl Toth and Mike Sacopolus talk with Thomas Zoch, MD, Vice President Vice President of Care Management-Clinical at Ascension Wisconsin about his leadership philosophy and the use of morning huddles to engage physicians and staff from across the health system. Dr. Zoch discusses the genesis of why Ascension Wisconsin chose to deploy morning huddles, and how the focus on "getting to why" in these daily communications has resulted in open dialogue, effective discourse, and ongoing education. He also breaks down in specific detail the logistics and specific processes he uses to lead morning huddles at three different hospitals every Monday through Friday at Ascension Wisconsin. 

Vice President of Care Management- Clinical
Ascension Wisconsin


Why Physicians Must Lead Change: All Physicians are Leaders

A Conversation with Dr. Peter Angood, CEO of AAPL

More and more healthcare organizations are hiring physicians to fill executive and other leadership roles. Given their clinical knowledge and focus on patient care, physicians understand healthcare care processes, organizational needs, and challenges differently than administrators. In this episode, Mike and Tothie talk with Peter Angood, MD, CEO & President of the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL). Dr. Angood shares his vision for how and why physicians must lead change and how the AAPL provides education and peer support networks that enable them to build the skills and resilience required to change the world's most complex industry.


Control, Alt, Delete and Outsource: Addressing Healthcare IT

Information Technology ((IT) is mission critical for healthcare systems. Functionality, safety, and compliance all impact IT architecture and operations. In this SoundPractice podcast episode, Mike Sacopolus interviews Daniel Livschutz of ProMedical, a national IT firm specializing in healthcare. Redundancies, backups, and economics of outsourcing will all be addressed, within the framework of the healthcare organization workflow.

Daniel Livschutz, President and CEO, ProMedical IT.


Sink, Swim, or Strategize: Approaches to Onboarding New Physicians

The big day has finally arrived. Your practice’s new physician is ready to start. In this SoundPractice episode, Mike Sacopulos and Cheryl Toth will review tactics and strategies to smoothly integrate the physician into the practice. We will discuss simple and inexpensive ways to achieve happiness and productivity for all. The best way to ensure a smooth transition and successful new hire is to take strategic steps to onboard your physicians.

Download - New Physician Onboarding Checklist